January 28, 2022

Digital Divide: “Obama Program to Connect Public Housing Residents to Web”

UPDATED July 16 Full Text of President Obama’s Speech at Launch of ConnectHome Initiative
We’ve embedded a video of the speech at the bottom of this post.

From The New York Times:

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday a program to connect thousands of public housing residents across the nation to the Internet at low prices or free. The sweeping effort is aimed at catching up the many low-income Americans who have been left behind in an increasingly technology-driven nation.

Over all, 275,000 households, including 200,000 children, will be eligible for free Internet connections or, in some areas, broadband hookups that cost as little as $9.95 a month.

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Note: The NY Times article linked above includes a mention of a new report on the digital divide by the White House Council of Economic Advisers. You can access  the full text report here. We’ve also embedded the full text below.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.